Aude – Access to beaches by car: in La Palme, could the traffic exemption be extended?

Aude – Access to beaches by car: in La Palme, could the traffic exemption be extended?
Aude – Access to beaches by car: in La Palme, could the traffic exemption be extended?

The Libérez le Rouet collective asks the prefect “that the parking exemption on the beach planned for July and August be extended to June and September”.

Representatives of the Liberez le Rouet collective wrote to Christian Pouget, prefect of Aude, following the announcements made by the public prosecutor, Éric Camous and the sub-prefect Rémi Récio during a previous information meeting concerning the accessibility of beaches for the coming season. They explain : “La Palme is a maritime commune and not a seaside resort, the nuance is important. It does not have a seafront included in the village, La Palme is located almost 5 km from the one and only beach in the commune , Rouet beach. And to continue: “La Palme unfortunately does not have land rights to develop parking pockets near the beach, as the municipality of Port-La Nouvelle does. Given the physiography of the surroundings of Rouet beach, we are requesting a flexibility in the parking exemption at the beach. The collective is very attached to its environment and its protection. We intervene on an ad hoc basis within the La Palme school to raise awareness among young people about respect for biodiversity.

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The developments carried out by the community are going in the right direction according to representatives of the collective, with the establishment of a seagrass protection perimeter, prohibited parking near the shore and two reasonable parking pockets. “The only access to the beach must be via a departmental road and a level crossing. This access is impractical or even dangerous to get there by gentle mobility almost 5 km away. We are also the exception in terms of passable cycle paths for everyone: there are none. We ask that the beach parking exemption, planned for July and August only, be extended to June and September for the year.”

A petition in 2021

The collective, which had collected more than 1,000 signatures in a few days during a petition posted online in 2021 to protect reasonable access to the beach, concludes: “In addition to impacting tourism before and after the season, the inhabitants of La Palme and neighboring villages are the first victims of this ban. What about the elderly, people with reduced mobility, young children? , water sports enthusiasts or fishermen? It would be a shame if local residents could not enjoy the beach in June or September. We kindly ask that the human factor be put at the heart of the matter. Coastline but we simply ask to take into account our technical and geographical specificities. We have the impression that “the human factor” has taken second place. We are convinced that we can find agreement.

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During the meeting with the public prosecutor and the sub-prefect, representatives of the collective mentioned article 321-9 of the Environmental Code, authorizing the parking of vehicles on developed paths. What does the article say? […] Unless authorized by the prefect, after advice from the mayor, the circulation and parking of land motor vehicles other than emergency, police and operational vehicles are prohibited, outside of developed paths, on the sea shore. and on dunes and beaches belonging to the public or private domain […].

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However, along the channel which goes from Le Rouet to the railway line, there is a path. Parking would therefore be authorized all year round on part of this path, up to the sign installed a few days ago prohibiting vehicle traffic beyond.

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